The Anatomy of a Traditional Beach House

I’m usually drawn to Australian beach houses in a contemporary or mid-century style, but I find this more traditionally decorated Australian beach house quite lovely.  Designed by Coco Republic, this living room seems like the most comfortable room to spend the week…let’s look at all the beautiful reasons why.
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Everywhere I look in this room I see small design details that add a huge impact to the room.

  • The magazine rack and ottoman make the corner armchair the perfect spot to curl up with a book.
  • The square coffee table and large side table with storage mean there is always a place to set down a drink.
  • Table and floor lamps spread throughout the room provide light no matter where you sit.
  • A cozy rug and plenty of pillows make for a very cozy place.
  • The breezy curtains buffer sunlight while still letting in the breeze.

LIGHTING
I’m sure the ceiling fan in this room gets plenty of use during the summer months (especially when they want the windows open and the AC off). But, I love that it is exactly the same color as the ceiling, so it blends in. The other bolder light fixtures draw your eye toward them and the ceiling fan fades into the background (er, ceiling).

BALANCE
Overall this room is asymmetrically balanced, but it all backs up to the fireplace wall that naturally called for symmetrical balance.  Those amazing cabinets set the traditional style in the room, and provide the foundation for adding other furnishings in asymmetrical arrangements.

PATTERN
This room is a very neutral place.  So, those small amounts of surprise patterns (the backs of the pillows, carving on the side table, throw blanket, lamps) add the perfect element of whimsy and fun.

UNITY & VARIETY
Besides the pair of candlesticks and cupboards, there isn’t anything else in this room that is an exact match.  But everything works together because it fits within the blue, tan, cream color palette or has a texture match somewhere else in the room.

What’s your favorite part of this room?

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4 thoughts on “The Anatomy of a Traditional Beach House

  1. Love the ideas, I’m planning to decorate my flat beach style (and Lacie, I live in the mountains 🙂 I was thinking of using glass lantern(s) and large photos of the beach. I was also planning to use nautical cushions (something like this: http://valiant.com.au/products-page/office-catalogue/hire-cushion-shetland-faux-fur-duplicate/#.VdV3grKqpBc) and blue cushions (love the navy blue on this one: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20281141/) on our neutral color sofa 🙂

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